With the different types of lighting products in the market, choosing the best type for your needs could be daunting. You have to look at the light’s wattage, lumens, energy efficiency, CRIs, and a whole lot of other features. Plus, consider where you’re going to install the lights. Here we take a look at the differences between LED and induction lighting.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights and induction lighting are easier to maintain and durable compared to other lighting products. That’s why they are the most popular lighting options for outdoor as well as difficult-to-access areas. They are mostly used for street lights, parking ramps and as pole lights. LEDs produce light via the flow of electrons through a semiconductor material. The semiconductor has positive and negative charged parts for this purpose. As the electrons pass through the positively charged holes, they create the light.
On the other hand, induction lamps are similar to fluorescent bulbs. They create light by using an electromagnetic field. Mercury particles that are mixed in an inert gas interact with this field to produce light. This setup has helped eliminate leaky bulbs which are quite common with fluorescents. Here is a side-by-side comparison between LED and induction lighting.
LED bulbs have an energy-efficiency of up to 120 Lumens/Watt and further improving. They are quite durable since there are no electrodes or filaments. They are shock and vibration resistant and have a lifetime of 100,000 hours.
The Lumen depreciation is around 30%, and the cold tolerance range is around -30 °F. The bulbs turn on instantly without any glaring or flickering. They come with a 5-year warranty period most of the time. Expect to shell out a reasonable amount.
Induction Lights –
Induction lights have an energy-efficiency of up to 90 Lumens/Watt. They are also quite durable since there are no electrodes or filaments. The lights are vibration and shock resistant and lasts 100,000 hours. The Lumen depreciation is around 35%, and the cold tolerance range is around -40°F.
These bulbs may require some warm up time at low temperatures. The bulbs turn on instantly without any flickering or glaring. Induction lights come with a 3-5-year warranty period most of the time. The cost is not high or low but moderate.
It may come down to how you’ll use the light. Do you need a more focused or widespread light?
LED is best for applications that require a one directional and more focused light. On the other hand, induction lamps are ideal for illuminating a broad area. Further, consider the lumen depreciation levels of both products before you pick the right one.
In addition, consider the light that would be given off by the entire system, and not a one-for-one replacement. Fewer lights don’t mean you get less illumination. Or more doesn’t translate to a brighter area. The idea is to maximise the given light while keeping a tight budget on the lighting cost and on the electric bill.
You see that there is not a glaring difference between the two. Although induction lighting is a tried, energy efficient and low maintenance, LED has made major advancements and will overtake induction’s advantages in the near future.
Whether LED lights or it is induction lights you need, count on Ecoglow for your lighting needs. Contact them for energy efficient lighting. Let the professionals help you in making that decision and light up your space.